DFID’s approach to supporting inclusive growth in Africa

Inclusive, sustainable, economic growth is key to eradicating poverty and is a core priority for UK aid policy.

In recent years, DFID has significantly increased its cross-departmental spending on economic development, more than doubling expenditure from around £800 million in 2011-12 to £1.8 billion in 2015-16. Today, DFID’s economic development portfolio represents around a fifth of its total combined bilateral and multilateral spend.

To assess the relevance and coherence of the portfolio, and how well DFID is learning as it scales up its work, ICAI has launched a new review – DFID’s approach to supporting inclusive growth in Africa.

The review will assess how DFID is delivering on its commitments to economic inclusion and job creation in Africa. It will examine how well DFID has identified contextual barriers to inclusive growth and used this analysis to inform its overall approach and the composition of its portfolios.

This is a learning review which will offer a real-time view of a rapidly changing and relatively untested area of the UK aid programme. It will take a snap shot of the relevance and effectiveness of DFID’s programming, and we expect our findings to inform the continuing development of its economic development portfolio.


More information on our methodology and approach are available in the approach paper.